Suzi's Blog

Zucchini, Tomato, Onion, Ricotta Salata and Bread Salad

Oh, it’s winter and grilling is something you probably cannot conceive of. For this salad, you need grilled veggies but you can do this indoors. Your stove may have a grilling section, or you can buy a simple grilling surface to fit over your regular burners. Why now, in the middle of winter? This salad…

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Basic Focaccia [with some options] from Bread by Nick Malgieri

  Famed baker and teacher Nick Malgieri has new book, Bread, with a clever twist. Each chapter begins with a basic recipe followed by several variations or options. So the chapter on pan-baked breads begins with a basic dough, then offers alternatives such as cinnamon raising swirl bread, cheddar bread, whole wheat sandwich bread, seed…

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Whiskey Hard Sauce

  “No, you got it wrong.” Suzen said. “Again.” “Suzen, the recipe you gave me said sweet potatoes. I wrote the blog based on that.” “Change it, Sweetie.” So I am. This wonderful, wonderful dessert is made with pumpkin, not sweet potatoes. Point of full disclosure: one of us at Cooking by the Book did…

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BreadPots!

Years ago Suzen mastered making great bread. Great bread. Yet, there are steps beyond mere greatness. Using the latest Tartine cookbook, Suzen has found this amazing technique of baking bread in a pot. She heats the oven and a cast iron pot to 500°F, then pours her dough into the pot. She cooks covered for…

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